Historical Highlights of Mote Marine Laboratory Red Tide Research

1957 The first samples of the red tide organism are displayed at the lab.

1962 Mote launches its first study of red tide.

1973 Mote, NASA and the state of Florida show that red tide blooms begin offshore.

1981 The Chemical Fate and Effects Program begins as the precursor to the Center for Ecotoxicology.

1984 Research with liquid chromatograph technology begins to detect toxins in water, air and animal tissue.

1987 Achieved a breakthrough in hazard assessment of pesticide impacts  and provides the first characterization of airborne red tide toxins that affect humans.

1992 BreveBuster development begins.

1998 Center for Ecotoxicology established; Mote partners with S.T.A.R.T. and Woods Hole to investigate red tide mitigation.

1999 The Sylvia and Mel Levi Endowed Chair in Ecotoxicology established.

2000 Research begins on red tides and human health and chemical contaminant projects begin in the Arctic.

2001 Obtained advanced technology to identify individual harmful algae compounds and the first sea trials of the BreveBuster begin.

2003 Initiated studies of neurotoxic shellfish poisoning in Sarasota Bay clams and oysters.

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